Bizarre Murders with the Strangest Weapons

Most bizarre murders caused by the strangest weapons ever! These are the weirdest ways people were killed. Some of the murderers are responsible for the craziest deaths and assassination attempts in history!

7: The Bulgarian Umbrella

In addition to keeping people dry from the rain, umbrellas can also be used in self defense or as a murder weapon. In the case of Georgi Markov, it was used to shoot a micropellet containing ricin in a bizarre 1978 assassination. Markov was well-known as a dissident writer after defecting from the communist-ruled Bulgaria in 1969. After moving to Germany, he began broadcasting for the BBC World Service on Radio Free Europe. He would often poke fun at the Bulgarian government and criticize communism as a whole. This upset the Bulgarian government, who some suspect enlisted the help of the KGB to kill Markov. Before Markov was actually killed, the Bulgarian Secret Police and the KGB carried out two assassination attempts on him and failed. But on September 7th, 1978, they succeeded. As Markov waited at a bus stop he felt a sharp pain in his right leg. He then saw a nearby man pick up an umbrella and quickly hop into a taxi. Later that evening as the pain in his leg continued, he developed a severe fever. He was eventually admitted to the hospital where he told doctors that he suspected he had been poisoned. He was right. Four days later, he died. An autopsy determined that his death was caused by ricin poisoning. An investigation found that the ricin was contained in a small pellet designed to melt at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, or the human body temperature. 10 days prior to Markov’s assassination, a similar attempt was made to kill another Bulgarian dissident in the exact same manner. Interviews with KGB defectors later confirmed the umbrella theory. The umbrella used a pneumatic mechanism to shoot the ricin-laced pellet into Markov’s leg, injecting him with a lethal amount of poison. This is known as a “Bulgarian umbrella.” The prime suspect is Francesco Gullino, a member of the Bulgarian secret police who, according to investigators, is still alive and well. But authorities have yet been able to convict him.

6: Microwaves

Microwaves were designed to help people heat up their food. But they have, however, been used for some bizarre murders on several separate occasions. In 1999, a woman named Elizabeth Renee Otte was arrested for killing her one-month-old son in a microwave. She claimed that she mistakenly placed her child in the microwave during a fir of epilepsy and did not remember putting the baby in the microwave. Whether she truly remembers the event or not, it is clear that she did put the baby in the microwave, turned it on, then went to bed. She was charged with involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years in prison with 20 years of probation. In 2008, a woman named China Arnold was also found guilty of killing her child in a microwave, in an attempt to keep her boyfriend from learning that the child was not his. The baby was less than a month old at the time of the murder. After a lengthy appeals process, Arnold was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. In a 2011 case similar to that of Elizabeth Renee Otte’s in 1999, a Sacramento-based woman named Yang killed her six-week old baby by placing her in a microwave. She too claimed to be suffering from epilepsy at the time of the killing. A jury of her peers did not believe her argument and found her guilty of murder. The infant suffered severe burns over more than half of its body before she died.

5: Corkscrew

In 2008, a Brooklyn man was found dead with a corkscrew stuck in his head. Murat Saint Hilaire was found dead in his home by his 11-year old daughter, who was with her mother when they stumbled upon the crime scene. No one had heard from the 55-year old man in days as he hadn’t even been showing up for work. As soon as they entered his home, they found his dead body and called the police.

4: Boobs

Of all the bizarre murders, this seems like the most enjoyable way to go. Believe it or not, a woman’s breasts can be used as a weapon for bizarre murders. One such example is Toni Tramel. Tramel is a Kentucky-based woman who squirted her breast milk onto a police officer and afterwards was arrested for public intoxication. During the jailing process in Owensboro, she was required to change into an inmate’s uniform. It was at this point that she began squirting her breast milk again, but this time on a guard that was keeping a watchful eye on her. Although the guard suffered no apparent injuries, Tramel was charged with a felony: assault on a police officer. In Hong Kong, Ng Lai-ying was arrested for a strange incident during a July, 2015 protest. She claimed that the officer grabbed her breasts as he was attempting to grab her bag. She then began shouting that the officer was assaulting her. This is when things became unclear. Footage of the protest showed that she was bleeding from her face while there were no apparent injuries to the officer. The officer asserted that she used her boobs to assault him. Ultimately, a Chinese magistrate found her guilty of the assault. Other incidents have proven to be lethal. Doon Lange was charged with manslaughter when she smothered her boyfriend to death during a drunken dispute. Apparently, Lange threw herself on top of her boyfriend while they were arguing. Police consequently arrived on the scene after neighbors called out of concern. They found Lange lying on top of the man’s lifeless body with her breasts smothering his face. In another instance, a German lawyer claimed that his girlfriend tried smothering him to death with her boobs as well. Tim Schmidt told a German court that his 33-year old girlfriend admitted to the crime, claiming, “Treasure, I wanted your death to be as pleasurable as possible.” In her defense, the woman claimed that it was all part of a sex game and that Schmidt was well aware of what was going on. The two were apparently in the process of making love when she pressed her breasts against his face until he could no longer breathe. Schmidt claimed her actions were out of vengeance after learning that he planned on leaving her.

3: The Lipstick Pistol

Also known as “The Kiss of Death,” The Lipstick Pistol was a small pistol concealed in a lipstick holder. The weapon was used by the KGB during the Cold War in the 1960s. It was a weapon used by assassins as each pistol was designed for one shot. Since it could be easily concealed, it was a great weapon for assassins wanting to kill their target without being detected. The Lipstick Pistol was first discovered at a West Berlin border crossing when a supposed KGB agent attempted to sneak it in from East Berlin. While it is unclear how extensively this particular weapon was used by KGB agents, it was not uncommon for agents to use everyday items to conceal their guns such as tobacco pipes or ink pens. One such lipstick pistol is on display in Washington, D.C.’s International Spy Museum.

2: Chakram

Shaped like a Frisbee, this ancient weapon had the ability of slicing off one’s arms or legs and was often fatal if it struck a person on the heart or their throat. Originating in India no later than the 2nd century, the weapon was nearly a foot in diameter and had sharp blades all around the edges. The weapon was mainly designed to throw during battle, but also proved to be effective in hand-to-hand combat. The weapon was primarily associated with the Sikhs, who were renowned for their fighting ability as well as their proclivity for using the chakram to cause bizarre murders towards their victims. Portuguese writer Duarte Barbosa noted the chakram in 1516 when referencing the Sikhs, stating: they are great bowmen, and very strong men; they have very good lances, swords, daggers, steel maces, and battle-axes, with which they fight; and they have some steel wheels, which they call chakarani, two fingers broad, sharp outside like knives, and without edge inside; and the surface of these is of the size of a small plate. And they carry seven or eight of these each, put on the left arm; and they take one and put it on the finger of the right hand, and make it spin round many times, and so they hurl it at their enemies, and if they hit anyone on the arm or leg or neck, it cuts through all. And with these they carry on much fighting, and are very dexterous with them.” As time went on, variations of the chakram were created. Small versions were made for warriors to wear on their wrists, while a weapon known as the Chakri Dang was later designed, which included a bamboo stick with a chakki attached to the end of it.

1: The Claw of Archimedes

The Claw of Archimedes was designed in the third century AD in the Carthaginian city of Syracuse to protect its people from the Roman Empire. It was a crane attached to the city walls that had grappling hooks capable of grabbing an attacking ship if it got in close enough proximity. It would then lift the ship and capsize it, sending its occupants to a watery grave & causing mass amounts of bizarre murders at once. Also known as “the claw” or “the iron hand,” it was designed by Archimedes and played an important role in the Second Punic War in 214 BC. A Roman fleet once attacked Syracuse with at least 60 ships, but their plans were thwarted by the machines, which sank or capsized many of the attacking vessels.

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